30 Mar

Chris Lenart and Lisa Cesal share their experiences growing up with Cerebral Palsy in their book They Said We Couldn't. Both are very open about their lives, and hope to be role models for disabled teens to feel successful as they move into adulthood. In this interview Chris answers a few questions about his experiences as a writer and presenter.

22 Mar

The words, symbols and campaigns we see during this period remind us of the common mistakes people make when writing about autistic people. Here are some guidelines to consider.

21 Mar

Elysha lives in Sydney, Australia. Diagnosed with Down Syndrome and moderate/severe hearing loss, Elysha has used a combination of sign and voice all her life. Because only a few people master sign, she still felt isolated. Elysha now uses Proloquo4Text everywhere she goes.

10 Mar

Interview with author of Say What You Will, Cammie McGovern. The main character, Amy, pushes the school to give her peer aides instead of hiring a para-educator for her senior year of high school. The book is a great addition to the collection of fiction that includes disabled characters with meaningful storylines and full lives.

26 Feb

Kids who have a wide vocabulary have an easier time developing their reading skills. The more words they’ve heard or used, the more likely they are to be able to recognize and understand them in context.

15 Feb recently, it was believed that people with Angelman syndrome had severe cognitive deficits and that very few of them would be able to learn to communicate fully, or read and write. Then came the revolution. Full communication is for everyone!

12 Feb

Tommy is a certified English as a Second Language teacher working with at-risk teens in China. He uses Wrise to quickly create and edit his lessons. Given his poor eyesight and a physical disability caused by a neck injury, Tommy also benefits from Wrise’s accessibility features.

04 Feb

Adult users from our private Facebook group share their tips for giving effective presentations using an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app.

21 Jan
The biggest difference between a Text to Speech voice and a natural voice is that a Text to Speech voice will always pronounce the words in the same way. Well, that used to be the case. Here’s a secret not many people know: most voices that are included in our apps offer sounds and expressions.
13 Jan

Did you know that listening to stories is an important part of practicing reading skills? Librarian Shelley Harris shares her favorite audio options, from listening to audiobooks and podcasts to combining print and audio to reinforce new vocabulary.